Post Edited (EmmyT) : 10/3/2007 1:39:02 PM (GMT-6)
Ok I see you add some questions while I was replying :)
I had one early miscarriage (9wks) before either of my daughters were born.
I would have to say my CD symptoms were unchanged during my first pregnancy. I saw a regular OB and they did not classify me as high-risk. My pregnancy was uneventful until my water broke at 34 wks. I don't recall a problem post-delivery. However, I did have a terrible stricture in my sigmoid when D#1 was 10mos old and had my colon removed - small bowel was attached to my rectum.
When I was 20+weeks pregnant with D#2, I was having horrible spasms/pain. At times I could hardly control my bowels and at others I couldn't go for anything. I could hardly eat/drink because I felt so sick. Went for my first visit with a new midwife and she recognized how ill I was and sent me to the ER. Obviously no one wanted to touch me because I was pregnant. Ended up having a sigmoidoscopy and they essentially found minimal inflamation and diagnosed me with anal stenosis. I think the scope helped dialate my anus and I was much better. They put me on hyoscyamine to control the spasms - I'm still on it now.
After my hospitalization I was seen by the high-risk OBs. Multiple ultrasounds to monitor baby's growth. Essentially it was another uneventful pregnancy (baby-wise) until my water broke at 34 wks 5days.
My CD doesn't appear to be phased by pregnancy. I stayed on meds throughout pregnancy #1 and the last half of the second (I had a lapse in care and was off meds for the first half - old GI doc's fault (long story) ). I should mention that when my second daughter was almost 3mos I was hospitalized for an obstruction due to adhesions. It took them two weeks to figure this all out and I ended up with another surgery in January of this year.
I'm currently on a long list of meds due to a fistula I currently have :P
gotta go for now, but I'll be back later.
Was the jaundice a side effect of the prednizone? Did the doctor feel your early delivery was? I am having simlar symptoms where my stomach is incredibly distended and painful and today I went to the bathroom like 6 times so far (it's 4pm) and the last two days I didn't go at all. I feel anxious because low birth weight already runs in my family (my mom's biggest baby was just over 5 lbs and we were all three full term). Have you heard about anything with odd numbers of children?
Thank you so much for your response. Other people have tried to tell me about their experiences, but it seems to be people who have always been stable and who haven't had surgery, strictures, etc... So it doesn't feel like it applies!!!